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Old 03-02-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Front end sway in a Tiffin Allegro 34TGA

Hello all. I am new to this site and will ask this question that you have probably seen many times. In January I took a trip in the 2012 Tiffin during a period of heavy winds. Had the feeling of having very little control of the rig and spent most of the time on the rumble strips on I95. Any suggestion on a shock type stabilizer for this specific rig.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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If you are sitting on the Ford chassis (you didn't say) you need to reposition the sway bars to the hole closer to the axle. Also a rear trac bar will do wonders.
Also go to tiffinnetwork.com and you will get alot more information on their form.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:39 PM   #3
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Front end sway

Yes it is a F53 chassis. It has the V-10 engine. I would go out and look at what you are talking about but this thing has been in the shop most of the time since I have had it. The DVD will not work and while it was in the shop to fix it, and the kitchen light that would not work unless the outside light was on, someone at the dealer cut a hole in the roof to fix the wire and it had to go back to Redbay for a new skin. Boy what a nightmare thishas been.
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While it is at Redbay, let Tiffin know of your handling problems. They should be able to fix it. Should not do what you are experiencing.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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silverado574,

On my new 35QBA Allegro I had a similar experience. Brand new motorhome and I didn't like the way it drove.

Since my coach came with front and rear sway bars and a front trac bar I decided better shocks would be the most helpful for the ride and a rear trac bar would help with the wind and prevent some of the pushing around from the big rigs. I installed Koni FSD shocks and Henderson trac bar. Wow, what a difference they made!! I'm a really happy camper! The expansion joints on the freeway are much better and I feel the wind issue from big rigs has been 80% fixed. That's huge.

I was really tempted to get air bags and almost did... and might still. But for now I'm really happy with the improvements I made.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:13 AM   #6
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Thanks

Thanks for the information on the 35 footer. Is there a website that cross references with part numbers? Just got a recall from Ford yesterday on a shift cable recall. When it rains it pours. Thanks again.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy your time on the site. Sorry to hear of your handling problems and hope you get them resolved. Did you check your tire pressure. Things will get to wandering if they are over inflated. Just a thought. Good Luck and enjoy all your travels.
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I have a 2012 34TGA that is currently on the line at Red Bay that we will get later this month. My current rig, an 04 Allegro 32BA felt a little light in the front end at times and the shocks were worn out. Last year, I had new Koni FSD's as well as a Henderson front track bar and a roadmaster rear sway bar installed. Those upgrades together with making certain that the tires were inflated properly made all the difference. I sort of hate trading it in because it rides and handles so well, but we want a new coach.
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Thanks for the information on the 35 footer. Is there a website that cross references with part numbers? Just got a recall from Ford yesterday on a shift cable recall. When it rains it pours. Thanks again.
Just give them a call. Very nice people and very helpful.
RV and Truck Parts and Service - Henderson's Line-Up

I haven't got my recall notice yet... maybe, just maybe I don't need the recall.
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We have a 2009 Allegro Open Road we bought new in '09. First trip almost lost it in uneven pavement in Oregon. Return trip home put on front and rear stabilizers. Have not helped much. This trip the unit is still swaying. Can't go around curves at normal speeds, too much leaning. Not an enjoyable experience. Have had other motor homes and never experienced this. I was a long haul truck driver for many years so am not new to driving. We would appreciate any input. We cannot afford to get another motor home and are stuck with this one, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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When I bought my 2000 Allegro 31UA WB (32ft) I thought I made a mistake buying either an Allegro or a gas class A in general. The next year I took it in to have it alignment. OMG! What a difference! With the align they change all of the front axle u-bolts and this rig is just a joy to drive since. In process of trading in too and DW and I hope the new Georgetown drives as well.

PS Before final decision on the Georgetown I told the dealer I want an alignment on it. Salesman asked if I had the Allegro aligned and sorta told him above story. It is now at Ford.
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We have a 2009 Allegro Open Road we bought new in '09. First trip almost lost it in uneven pavement in Oregon. Return trip home put on front and rear stabilizers. Have not helped much. This trip the unit is still swaying. Can't go around curves at normal speeds, too much leaning. Not an enjoyable experience. Have had other motor homes and never experienced this. I was a long haul truck driver for many years so am not new to driving. We would appreciate any input. We cannot afford to get another motor home and are stuck with this one, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Make sure you have good front and rear sway bars and that the bolts are all tight and that the bushings are not worn out. Then look into doing the "Cheap Handling Fix".
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Check out "cheap handling fix" in the Ford Chassis section
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Just got finished reading about the quick fix. Can someone post a picture on this second set of bolt holes. On my swaybar on the front I see the second hole front the vertical bar attachement point but to move the bar back to the second hole the bar is going to have to grow a few inches. Thanks.
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